Swaddles vs Sleep Sacks: What Are the Differences, Pros & Cons?

A baby sleeping in a swaddle blanket

It’s common knowledge that when a new baby arrives, sleeping parents become a thing of the past; at least for a little while.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that parents want to try everything possible to help their little darlings sleep for longer periods of time. Quite often, what works for your baby might be different than what works for another bundle of joy; so knowing the different options out there is essential.

Some of the many things that parents use to help their babies sleep are swaddles or sleep sacks; or perhaps even both!

Babies are used to being snug and cozy inside the womb for roughly nine months; therefore, when they come out into the big, wide-open world things can be a little jarring.

Swaddles and sleep sacks are designed to help mimic that tight, comforting squeeze but to varying degrees.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between swaddles vs sleep sacks and help you decide which one is right for you. So what’s the difference?

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Training Pants vs Pull-Ups: What Are the Differences, Pros, and Cons?

A toddler boy running

Congrats!

You made it through all of the questions and surprises that come along with having a newborn–because now you have an extremely enthusiastic toddler on your hands!

Caring for a toddler comes complete with a whole new set of questions like:

  • When did he learn to say “no?”
  • What’s the best breakfast to give him a good start to the day?
  • What is the deal with this whole potty training thing?

Yes, nothing quite tops one of the biggest milestones your toddler will face, potty training.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between training pants vs. pull-ups and help you decide which one is right for you; and it might be both!

So…what is the difference between training pants vs. pull-ups?

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Mini-Crib vs Pack ‘n Play: What Are the Differences, Pros, and Cons?

A stuffed animal inside a small crib

When you’re planning for a new baby you’re faced with all sorts of questions, like:

  • What will his middle name be?
  • Is there a bottle that’s better than others?
  • Will he sleep in our room at first?

When it comes to where your baby will sleep, many parents choose to have their bundle of joy sleep in the same room for the first several months.

In some cases, the baby might be sharing a room with an older sibling, or perhaps you’ll move your baby around to different rooms in the beginning. In cases like these, it makes sense to look at smaller sleeping options like the mini-crib and the pack n’ play.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between a mini-crib vs. a pack ‘n play and help you decide which one is right for you; and it might be both!

So…what is the difference between a mini-crib vs. a pack ‘n play?

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Bottle Sterilizer vs Dishwasher vs Hand Washing: Which is best for cleaning dirty bottles?

A dad loading a dishwasher

If you’re bottle-feeding your baby or using formula, you’ll find one of the most challenging parts of your first couple of weeks at home…

… is keeping up with all the dirty bottles!

There will be close to a dozen of them per day, at the beginning, which can be tricky for anyone to stay on top of.

(You haven’t lived until you’ve realized baby is hungry and you don’t have any clean bottles. Good times!)

When it comes to keeping them clean, you have a few options:

A bottle sterilizer vs the dishwasher vs hand washing.

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Stay At Home Dads Aren’t Losers, and Here’s Scientific Proof

Stay at home dad playing with child

Today, there are more stay-at-home dads than ever. Estimates vary, but the numbers have been on the rise for decades.

Some recent reports say there are about 7 million men in the United States that act as primary caregiver to their children, with between 2-4 million of them being SAHDs (stay-at-home dads).

Still, there’s a shocking sentiment shared by more people in the United States and beyond than you would think. Few say it in such clear terms, but it’s obvious what people are thinking.

Stay at home dads are losers, pathetic, and lazy.

Is it true? Without a shadow of a doubt, absolutely not!

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13 Things Every Dad Needs in His Hospital Survival Kit (What to Pack in the Go-Bag)

Newborn baby crying

Oh boy… (or girl).

The baby’s coming any day now. You can’t stop it or delay it.

So you better be ready!

At some point between 32-35 weeks pregnant, you should pack your hospital go-bag so you’re ready to run out the door should baby decide to make his or her grand entrance.

(It’s always at least somewhat unexpected, so it pays to be prepared ahead of time.)

But what should actually be in daddy’s hospital survival kit? What should dad pack in the hospital go-bag?

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High Chair vs Booster Seat: Differences, When to Switch, Pros & Cons

High chair vs booster seat

It must be tough to be a baby or a toddler and not be able to reach the dinner table!

Luckily, there are plenty of nifty devices they can sit down in and enjoy a meal as part of the family.

If you’re a new parent, or maybe just a rusty one, you might be wondering about the two most common options (outside of stacking phone books on a chair):

What’s the difference between a high chair vs a booster seat?

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The 45 Best Middle Names for Ellie

Baby girl named Ellie

So you’re having a baby.

Congrats!

Since you’re on this page, I can guess a couple of things right off the bat:

You’re having a girl and you’ve decided to name her Ellie.

Unfortunately, you have absolutely no idea what middle name to choose.

Don’t fret! I’m creating guides to the best middle names for every first name for just this kind of scenario.

I won’t waste any more time, let’s get right into the best middle names for a girl named Ellie.

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Artkive vs Plum Print: Competitors Compared on Cost, Service & Quality

Pile of kids art for Plum Print vs Artkive

One of my favorite ways to organize your child’s artwork is to turn some of it into an amazing keepsake.

Sure, you can take one of the best pieces and frame it.

Or you could take 20-30 at a time and turn them into a beautiful, hardbound photo book.

The two best done-for-you services to accomplish this are easily Artkive and Plum Print.

They’re similar in a lot of ways, and both are great, but there are a few key differences to consider if you’re trying to choose between Artkive vs Plum Print.

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